Protecting the welfare of farm animals

Our Farmyard was opened in June 2011. It provides shelter and care for stray and confiscated farm animals.

Our Inspectors regularly remove stray cattle and goats left to pasture dangerously on the side of major highways; confiscate chickens kept in filthy conditions with no food and water from roadside markets and regularly take in neglected sheep.

We also inspect farming practices and abattoirs and provide advice to the City Council where necessary. This unit has the power to confiscate animals deemed to be at risk and to prosecute offenders.

Farm animals and poultry must be given basic welfare requirements.

Appropriate food and constant access to fresh, clean drinking water.
To be kept in an appropriate environment that provides shelter and a comfortable resting area.
Prompt veterinary attention when necessary to treat illness or injury.
Sufficient space to move around freely, and company.
To be treated in a way that ensures freedom from fear and distress, in conditions that avoid mental suffering.
Contact us: Lindsay Willis on 0217004173 / Horse Care and Farmyard Unit Manger

Through this partnership we envision creating a society with a compassionate and humane view towards farm animals which are deserving of the five freedoms: freedom to exhibit natural behavior; freedom from pain or distress; freedom to fresh food and water; freedom to medical care and freedom to daily exercise.

Teaching Compassion Farming

Welttierschutzgesellschaft e.V.  (WTG) is a Berlin/Germany based registered non-profit organisation. Their vision is a world, in which animals are appreciated by people, treated according to their needs and with respect. In their work for animal welfare WTG focuses on countries and regions with little protection for animals. They aim at improving the situation for animals in the long term i.e. by providing veterinary care, by supporting animal sanctuaries and through our educational work. WTG cooperates with local partner organisations and involves the people who are directly concerned.

The Welttierschutzgesellschaft e.V. have recently partnered with the Cape of Good Hope SPCA – South Africa’s largest and oldest animal welfare organisation- based in Cape Town, South Africa founded in 1872.

Along with ensuring the protection of abandoned and abused animals across the city, the Cape of Good Hope (COGH) SPCA is committed towards teaching compassion in farming to urban and rural farmers in need of support and education.

With the backing/funding of the Welttierschutzgesellschaft e.V. the COGH SPCA Education Department will complement its daily community outreach and social upliftment programme with a dedicated year-long project designed to teach compassion in farming across our metropole.

The benefits of this project will be twofold; Firstly we are to provide support to farmers in need through basic training and support in order to ensure correct animal husbandry techniques. Secondly to prevent cruelty to any farm animals and ensure the humane treatment of farm animals at all times in accordance with the Animal Protections Act 71 of 1962.